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    The Basics of Dado Joints

    Dado joints are easy to make joint and useful for bookshelves, drawer dividers and other woodworking projects.


    Wood Jointers: What You Need To Know

    If you want to laminate boards to make a tabletop, you'll need a wood jointer. It's also handy for flattening...


    What Is Rigid Core Flooring and Should You Get It?

    Rigid core flooring is the modern version of luxury vinyl planks (LVP). It's attractive, long-lasting and easy to install, so...


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    What Are Mortise-and-Tenon Joints Used For?

    Add the ancient art of making strong, versatile mortise-and-tenon joinery to your woodworking skills.


    8 Easy Woodturning Project Ideas

    These woodturning projects are manageable, personal and perfect for holiday gift giving.


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    Everything You Need To Know About Box Joints

    Whether you're making a jewelry box, desk drawer or toy chest, the classic box joint creates sturdy and strong corners.


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    Everything You Need to Know About Woodworking Tools

    Depending on the type of woodworking you want to do, you may get by with a few well-chosen hand tools,...


    How To Fix Vinyl Plank Flooring

    Vinyl plank flooring can be easier to fix than you think. With a few simple tools and an extra plank...

    8 Best Whittling Knives for Woodworking Projects

    We're here to help you choose the best whittling knife for your budget, project needs and experience level.


    Wood Joinery Basics

    You don't have to be a pro to make wood projects that stay together, but a solid knowledge of wood...


    Everything You Need To Know About Half Lap Joints

    Half lap joints are a terrific skill for beginning woodworkers to master. Here's everything you need to get started.


    9 Alternative Uses for Sawdust

    Don't throw it away! Sawdust recycling turns the waste from your saws and sanders into a resource with multiple uses...


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    How To Wire a Four-Way Switch

    Did you know slips, trips and falls are some of the most common home safety hazards? Say goodbye to stubbed...


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    What To Know About the Tambour Wood Trend

    Tambour is a woodwork style that gets its name from a medieval drum. We asked a top architect to explain...


    8 Best Handsaws of 2022

    These handsaws should be on your radar.


    How To Get Into Woodworking Without a Garage

    A garage is ideal but not mandatory for woodworking. With some creativity, you can create a woodshop in more places...


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    The Basics of Rabbet Joints

    Rabbet joints make strong corners. They're easy to build and useful in cabinets, drawers and other box-like structures.

    What Is a Butt Joint? The Basics

    Butt joints are the easiest woodworking joints to make, but they aren't very strong and usually need reinforcement. Despite this,...


    Guide To Wood Chisels for Woodworking

    Chisels are hand tools for cutting, paring and scraping. Simple and unassuming, you can't do without at least one in...


    Woodworking for Beginners: Everything First-Timers Need To Know

    Woodworking can be a relaxing and fulfilling activity that turns into a lifelong hobby for many people. Here's what you...


    10 Landscaping Ideas To Make Your Home Stand Out for Halloween

    Transform your front yard into a spooky or cute Halloween wonderland with these unique landscaping ideas.


    Beginner’s Guide To Steam Bending Wood

    Want to add curves to your next woodworking project? Here's what you need to know about bending wood with steam.


    What To Know About Burying Underground Electrical Cable

    Running electric power to a garage or garden pond? Learn about code requirements, trench depth options, conduit material and types...

    What Your Hydrangeas Can Tell You About Your Soil

    Hydrangeas are beautiful perennials that come in a variety of hues. But did you know their color can give you...


    What To Know About Digging a Well

    Wells are usually dug by pros using heavy equipment, and they can be expensive. If you have a well in...


    8 Best Circuit Breaker Finders

    Organizing your electrical panel doesn't have to be intimidating. Find and label unknown circuits safely with these best circuit breaker...


    How Can You Tell Which Furniture Is Worth Keeping?

    Unsure about what furniture to keep and what to get rid of? Experts weigh in about everything from sentimental value...


    How to Hand Cut Dovetail Joints

    Learn this centuries-old hallmark of craftsmanship.


    How To Build A Stone Inlay Concrete Bench

    Quikrete's 5000 concrete mix is a great formula for building your own backyard bench.